Posted on April 30th, 2017 - Fiona
Welcome to a new month of Trash 2 Treasure. With the Easter holidays behind us and summer to look forward to we have been having fun with upcycled pirate crafts here with the pre school children on holiday as shown in the photo below. However my post this month takes advantage of the abundance of wild garlic now flowering on the farm. Whether you are sewing, crafting, cooking or sawing I love to see all your upcycled ideas.
Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure
- Trash 2 Treasure is all about upcycling. Posts should be about making something foraged from nature, household throw away items or low value items you have added value to.
- Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled. Whether you cook, sew, make or create I’d love you to join me.
- The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month.
- There is no post limit as the link up is open all month.
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Most of my Trash 2 Treasure tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour, but sometimes I share bigger upcycling projects from the farm too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas from you.
A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours
Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. My favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire their next project. Do check out the website for plenty of creative ideas.
Congratulations to Elaine from Fun as a Gran who has won the Duck Tape Colours for April with her lovely Applique Pyjama cases. Please drop me an email me with your address to get these posted out to you.
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Posted on April 30th, 2017 - Fiona
Back in March I shared a clever way to keep potted herbs looking stylish on the window ledge, this month I’m sharing the easiest recipe I can think of from the clumps of wild garlic now flowering all over our farm. This wild garlic pasta sauce requires no cooking, is as versatile as any expensive garlic sauce in a tube or jar that you can buy from the supermarket and yet can be made from scratch for next to nothing in just 3 minutes; that’s a lot quicker than a trip to the supermarket when you live in rural Cornwall! What’s more it is packed with nature’s goodness and couldn’t be fresher, just the sort of instant meal you need when added to fresh pasta after a day at the beach or working here on the farm.
Ingredients for Wild Garlic Pasta Sauce
- Wild garlic
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Fresh pasta
Put your fresh pasta on the hob to boil for 3 minutes.
||Chop a good bunch of wild garlic including roots, flower and leaves.
|Place in blender.
Add enough olive oil to make a paste consistency with your garlic, about 1/4 cup for a large bunch of garlic.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
|Blend to a coarse paste consistency. You may need to stir part way through for an even texture.
Stir in sauce.
|If liked grate over cheddar or Parmesan cheese and garnish with chopped chives.
The sauce can be kept in a container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
A few alternatives to try
- Replace garlic butter with wild garlic pasta sauce for a tasty garlic bread.
- Fry sliced mushrooms in the sauce and serve on toast.
- Use to seal meat when making casseroles or stews.
A quick 45 second vlog on how to make wild garlic pasta sauce
Posted on April 29th, 2017 - Fiona
Coombe Mill is set in a stunning 30 acre wooded valley in North Cornwall. The footpath crossing Coombe Mill runs through our deer field and on through ancient woodland up to the village of St Breward. The woods come alive in April filled with spring growth and the most amazing carpet of bluebells. The photographer in me couldn’t resist picking up on a sunny afternoon after school for a wonder across our farm and into bluebell woods with Friday the lamb and my now teenager Jed.
It was one of those spur of the moment decisions on an unexpectedly warm afternoon, despite the forecast of arctic conditions. Friday our new hand raised lamb was in need of his afternoon bottle and as Jed has assumed responsibility for Friday, giving him most of his feeds and cuddling him in the house at night, he was the obvious choice to accompany me. It was warm, but not that warm so I advised Jed to grab a hoodie. Only when we crossed into Bluebell woods, with Friday hot on our heels, did I realise just how colour coordinated Jed was going to be in amidst the bluebells! We wondered along the wooded paths with Friday skipping along, raced each other to tree stumps and had a lovely time catching up on Jed’s day at school. Eventually Friday ran out of energy and wanted his bottle; this was my chance to grab a few photos. I’ll let my three favourite pictures from our afternoon tell the rest.
Cuddles in the bluebells
Enjoying a well earned drink
The bluebells will be out for a few weeks to come if you fancy coming to visit and Friday the lamb will be more than happy to let you feed him his bottle.
Do you have any bluebell woods near you?
Posted on April 28th, 2017 - Fiona
Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill
Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:
“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”
Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside.
Here in Cornwall we have managed to hold onto the sunshine all week despite some chilly winds. Farmer Nick is now worrying about the water supply to the animals, as we haven’t seen any rain for so long! However the worries of a farmer are not the worries of our guests who have been making the most of another sunny week with us. Whatever your adventures this past week I hope you can join me on the link up below.
Guidelines for Joining in:
- Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
- Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
- Unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
- Please comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
- If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
- Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
- Linked posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
- I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
- By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
- There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.
My top commenters from last week:
- Helena from Queen of Collage who commented on 35 posts.
- Sonia from Mamma’s School who commented on 30 posts.
- Helen from The Princess and the Pickle who commented on 28 posts.
There were no link dump and runners again this week, a massive thanks to everyone for making this the second week running.
Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids
Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly
I am delighted to have Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish quality wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.
Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here, will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. Keep your posts coming, it could be you winning next!
For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.
Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the April Rockfish Wellies:
Top Commenter: Helena from Queen of Collage
OK so I may be a little biased but this post from Stopping at Two about Easter at Coombe Mill filled me with pride
Life at Cooks Cabin enjoyed a holiday just up the coast from us in Devon with some glorious happy beach days.
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I'll like and comment on all and share my favourites from the week with a tag on a Friday on Instagram and Twitter. With over 3300 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.
My featured photos from the week came from @jenni_isdancingintherain @franhigham @days_of_henry_and_florence and @isabelkingsford.wildlifestyle Please do welcome these lovely folk to the #CountryKidsFun community and check out their profiles on Instagram if you are not already following.
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Posted on April 28th, 2017 - Fiona
Easter day is a very special time to be with us here on the farm. We were completely full for Easter week and it was 90% regular Coombe Mill guests who know what to expect from an Easter Farm Egg Hunt. It is becoming a little like Halloween and Christmas where those in the know eagerly await the now familiar set of activities. However to keep it fresh, and keep the older ones on their toes, I always add a few new twists.
Easter Farm Tractor Ride
The fun begins with an overflowing Easter farm tractor and trailer ride to feed the animals. We do our best to be full of new born animals for Easter. This year we have lambs and bunnies at the super cute stage and it was an excited group of children eager to meet them all.
After feeding the noisy pigs we wandered round to see if the chickens had laid us any eggs for breakfast. I couched in the coup to capture the children’s faces coming in and couldn’t resist this capture as a Chicken laid an egg surrounded by Oreo cream eggs!
Many of the children were already whispering very loudly about hoping for chocolate eggs, having been before; however the excitement as they entered was as delightful as ever. My helper Guy was having quite a job restricting everyone to one egg each to ensure everyone had a treat to take away.
Of course a few were eaten there and then!
Easter Farm Egg Hunt Preparations
I crept off as the Tractor and trailer continued on towards the other animals to set up the Easter Farm Egg Hunt. As a change this year I had clues for the children to find along with hidden eggs at every stop. I had successfully created a bunny Easter trail for activity hour a few weeks earlier and this was perfect to reuse for my Easter Egg Hunt, I even had an old bunny onesie I borrowed from one of my kids to lead the hunt.
With everything in place I rejoined the end of the feed run at the bunny rabbits.
Farmer Nick announced the end of the farm ride and gave everyone a 10 minute ‘heads up’ to return for my the Easter Farm Egg Hunt.
An Egg Hunt in Two Halves
I have learned from previous years to split the group into under 5’s and over 5’s to allow the younger children a chance to find some eggs too. The older children knew they would have to patiently wait while the little ones hunted in ride on play area. For many this was their first ever Egg hunt and their little faces were a picture of delight and confusion at finding chocolate eggs all around them.
Finally it was the moment the majority had been waiting for. I explained they had Easter bunny clues to follow this year and that no one was to push ahead. I sometimes wonder whether just to do clues and let the children go round at their own pace and collect an egg at the end as the National Trust do, but the thrill of actually looking for the eggs themselves is what the children say they really enjoy. So this was my compromise version. There were a few eggs at each stop with most hidden at the last clue. Many were ready and waiting with Easter baskets as I read out the first clue!
From here the children dashed from one clue to another but waiting for everyone at each stop before continuing
We covered from one end of the farm to the other climbing over and under and through play areas, the excitement and squeals of joy a delight to hear. The children took it in turns to read the clues out to the group before dashing on again.
Finally at the den building area my volunteer reader announced the final clue for the pirate boat. The race was on; thankfully I had hidden enough eggs for everyone to have a handful.
Time to take stock of their haul and enjoy a little chocolate snack!
I may have ruined a few appetites for lunch, but it will be an Easter morning they will remember fondly.